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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, dedication

UNICEF is seeking talented Human Resources Managers at P-4 level to populate its Talent Group for positions located in the field (mainly in Country- and Field Offices*). Some of these posts are located in non-family** and/or emergency duty stations.

The position of Human Resources Manager is rotational and mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of international civil service. As such, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions and different duty stations.

Talent Groups at UNICEF are exclusive lists of pre-vetted, highly qualified professionals ready to be selected as positions become vacant globally. After a rigorous selection process, successful candidates will be placed in the P-4 HR Manager Talent Group for a period of 36 months. While placement in the Talent Group does not guarantee a position, it is an important resource for filling P-4 HR Manager positions. Candidates placed in the Talent Group will be reviewed when a relevant position opens and may be offered placement through a direct selection process.

How can you make a difference?

As a Human Resources Manager, you will be accountable for implementing Human Resources services that enhance the capacity of your clients to deliver on their business goals and objectives. In doing so, you will demonstrate the ability to anticipate Human Resources-related needs and develop subsequent plans and solutions that align Human Resources management with business objectives of the Organization. Key accountabilities include the following:

  • Supporting the Chief of Section in establishing the annual work plan, setting priorities, monitoring work progress and ensuring results are achieved according to schedule and set standards
  • Providing technical leadership, reviewing and supervising the work of the HR team and strengthening capacity to enable the team to perform their functions efficiently
  • Developing, implementing and monitoring the interpretation and application of new human resources policies, practices and procedures to meet the evolving needs of the organization
  • Acting as a trusted partner to managers and staff and providing advice pertaining to all aspects of the employment life cycle
  • Partnering with managers and staff to embed UNICEF values of ethics, integrity, transparency and fairness in the Office culture
  • Proactively advising clients on the resolution of human resources issues, ensuring equitable and transparent solutions that protect both the staff and organization’s interests in accordance with policies, regulations and procedures
  • Liaising with the HQ Divisions, regional and country offices to support and contribute to corporate HR strategy formulation and global implementation; providing feedback and making recommendations on the establishment and improvement of HR systems, policies and processes.
  • Keeping abreast, researching, benchmarking, and implementing best, and cutting-edge practices in HR management
  • Helping design optimal organizational and staffing structures
  • In collaboration with business owners, designing and delivering learning plans for staff to enhance their knowledge and build skills in new areas and to contribute effectively to business goals.
  • Providing day-to-day performance and talent management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, career conversations, etc.).
  • Promoting the organizational goals and targets for gender equity and cultural diversity
  • Using data analysis to help inform strategic decision making on HR processes and strategies
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of strategies to support emergency preparedness and response, when applicable

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in human resource management, business management, international relations, psychology or another related field

A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

  • A minimum of eight years (8) of relevant professional experience in human resource management in an international organization and/or large corporation
  • Extensive international exposure and UN or INGO work experience.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency, as an asset.
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of a second UN language particularly, French, Spanish or Arabic is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The following skills:

  • Ability to allocate appropriate time and resources for successful achievement of goals
  • Experience and ability to implement targeted and innovative human resources strategies to address clients’ people-related needs
  • Ability to implement innovative HR programs within a fast paced, evolving, and wide organizational setting
  • In-depth, authoritative technical knowledge of the principles and concepts of human resources management
  • Ability to identify, analyze, formulate opinions and make conclusions
  • Excellent knowledge of organizational and HR information technology systems and tools
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a diverse organization tailoring language, tone, style and format to match audience.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


This GVA is open to external candidates only, including UNICEF personnel on Temporary Appointment, Consultants and UNVs.

Information about where we work:

*UNICEF has classified our offices into 7 regions (including Regional and Country Offices) and HQ duty stations. To learn more, please click HERE.

**Non-family duty stations are, for reasons of safety and security, duty stations where all eligible dependents are restricted from being present for a period of six months or longer.

For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visit UNICEF’s Entitlements’ page.  If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online Salary Estimate Calculator.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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